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Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Are Now Open in the White House

Spokesperson says people can choose which bathroom they want to use.

A gender-neutral bathroom at UC Irvine. Photo by Flickr user Ted Eytan.

In a pretty symbolic move in support of LGBTQ rights, the White House opened a gender-neutral bathroom on Wednesday, and it’s situated right next door to the West Wing. Somewhere, your bigoted Uncle Lester is absolutely seething. Chill, Uncle Lester. You don’t have to use the gender-neutral bathrooms if you don’t want to.

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The Swedish Dictionary Adds a Gender-Neutral Pronoun to its Glossary

Linguists have finally incoporated the pronoun “hen” into the Swedish language.

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Sweden, that Scandinavian country known mostly for its fish-shaped candy and for being birthplace of IKEA, will officially be adding a gender-neutral pronoun to its dictionary come April. Members of the Swedish Academy—a Very Important Swedish institution that not only publishes two Swedish dictionaries but is also responsible for deciding annually who wins a Nobel Prize in Literature—decided this year that they will be including the gender-neutral pronoun “hen” among the 13,000 new words in the Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL). The single-volume glossary is regarded as the singular authority on Swedish spelling.

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The University of Vermont Officially Recognizes ‘Neutral’ as a Gender

Wish schools would ditch the tired gender binary already? It’s happening.

Wish schools would ditch the tired gender binary already? Fret not, trans and genderqueer rights crusaders. The University of Vermont is leading the way.

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Sweden Has a New Gender-Free Preschool. Is This the Way to Fight Bias?

One preschool in Sweden has banned the use of "him" and "her." Will this experiment bring us gender equality?

In keeping with Sweden's rep as the most evolved country ever, a preschool there is attempting to eliminate gender bias in the classroom by not using the words "him" or "her." At the taxpayer-funded Egalia preschool, teachers use the word "friend" and the recently invented Swedish gender-neutral pronoun "hen" instead. Lego bricks and building blocks are placed next to the toy kitchen, where all the kids play in harmony.

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